Legal Thriller: Predatory Kill
by Kenneth Eade
SYNOPSIS: Brent Marks had paid his dues as a lawyer, having taken his share of divorces and drunk driving cases over his 20 year career, but had finally reached a place in his life where he could take on cases of social importance. What he least expected was for April Marsh's predatory lending case against the big banks for wrongful foreclosure on her parent's home to turn into a murder investigation. April’s parents were brutally attacked in their Santa Barbara home; her mother murdered and the only witness to the crime is her father, who survived the attack but is completely incapacitated. The police have no leads, but April believes the predatory lender is behind it. Are banks really that above the law?
This book really kept me involved, which was a surprise, as I generally become bored with courtroom proceedings. Having been a juror, I certainly identified with Brent Marks' observation that he had to keep the jurors from lapsing into boredom induced unconsciousness. He certainly succeeded with this story, which is fast-paced with plenty of action inside and outside of the courtroom.
As I am sure Mr. Eade intended, the book raised many disturbing questions about justice and the power of the banking industry. Can a citizen ever hope to obtain complete justice over mega-business or must justice always be some type of compromise?
I really enjoyed this very thought-provoking story and look forward to reading more of Kenneth Eade's political and legal thrillers. If I have any criticism of this book, it lies in the confusion I encountered with character names that were too similar in spelling or sound.
Just to reinforce Mr. Eade's message concerning mortgage fraud cases, here is a link to an article about a Sacramento CA trial in Aug 2014.
And, for Kindle readers, Amazon has this book for $.99 right now. Hope you enjoy it.